no boxes!

When I say no boxes, I mean I don’t like to be stereotyped, put in a category–a box. I don’t like stereotypes. To sell art you almost have to stereotype yourself, by branding yourself, creating your own style of work and being consistent in that, so you’ll be more appealing to the masses. I don’t feel I could be completely myself if I created the same types of art all the time.

I’m middle-aged. That means I’ve lived a long time and have had a lot of experiences. I feel all those experiences have shaped me, along with my artwork. I’ve been creating since I was a child. I never put my work out there for everyone to see until about four years ago. I’ve changed, since doing that. My work has changed with me. And most people who see my work will never see all of it.

Most of what I post on my Facebook art page (https://www.facebook.com/melzcrazyart) is positive and uplifting. Some people feel some of my recent pieces are disturbing, and that’s okay. (see previous WordPress post.) I didn’t feel they were disturbing. That’s okay, too. Life can be disturbing. Art reflects life. I like putting beauty into the world, but I also need to create from where I’m at. I can’t fake happiness when life presents some disturbing situations. Not all my artwork is going to be photos of flowers and pretty abstract designs.

That said, here are a couple of my recent paintings. I’ll make them available in my Redbubble, Zazzle, and Society6 stores on a number of products. 🙂 Thanks to all who take the time to read my posts!

a mess of flesh and cowardice

liar: a mess of flesh and cowardice

at least someone's asleep

at least someone’s asleep